Armed forces applicants' data lost
LONDON - Data on 100,000 serving military personnel and 600,000 potential applicants to the armed forces has been lost by Ministry of Defence IT contractor EDS.
According to reports the data was on a hard drive and unencrypted, and included the names, addresses, passport numbers, dates of birth and driving licence details of the serving personnel.
In addition, the names and addresses of referees cited by the applicants were contained on the drive.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence, said: "On Wednesday 8 October we were informed by our contractor EDS that they were unable to account for a portable hard drive used in connection with the administration of armed forces personnel data.
"This came to light during a priority audit EDS are conducting to comply with the Cabinet Office data-handling review. The MoD police are investigating with EDS."
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